Coding for primary school teachers: Creating the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers!
€480 (Fully Funded)
Accommodation & Other
up to €160 per day (Fully Funded)
Have you wondered why students spend a lot of their free time playing video games? The answer is simple. It is captivating; it makes you repeatedly try until you succeed in your goal, and it is rewarding!
This course will introduce the primary school teacher to basic coding concepts, which will help teach programming to students and ways educators can incorporate coding in traditional classes such as mathematics, languages, and music.
We will be taking a close look at freely available tools which can be used by all primary school teachers.
The course includes five different coding platforms that will give a deep understanding of the best tools available today.
- Coding with Scratch
- Coding with Scratch Jr.
- Code.org – Hour of code
- Coding with Minecraft Education.
Aims in relation to the development of your organisation
- The School will gain expert teachers in the fields of Coding.
- The School will Incorporate new methods of teaching traditional courses with the help of coding.
* The course can be modified according to the preferences of the attendees
Introduction to the course and get-to-know your trainers and fellow participants with networking activities. Practical issue arrangements and weekly schedule timetable. Presentation and registration by all participants to the “Emphasys Key Action 1 lifetime support platform“. This innovative platform will grant you access to all the material and supporting documentation of the course as well as a discussion forum for communication with all participants and trainers.
You will start with the Scratch platform, where we will touch the basic coding principles such as procedural coding, constants and variables, loops, and subprograms. You will learn how to create interactive stories, games, and animations.
You will be seeing ways which we can use Scratch in our classroom, whether being teaching Maths, History or Music. We will be creating together your first lesson plan and get constructive feedback on how to deliver the course.
Then you will move on to Scratch Jr., which is suitable for the early primary school ages 5-8 and is a more simplified version of Scratch which students can use it with tablets.
You will see the great resources code.org offers and see how we can create blended online and “unplugged” non-computer activities to teach students computational thinking, problem-solving, programming concepts and digital citizenship. You will also see ways to introduce coding in all ages smoothly and cohesively with the planning which the hour-of-code event offers.
Finally, you will use a viral platform for young students which is Minecraft! Coding with Minecraft Education will help students learn to code and apply coding across STEM subjects.
Change of venue to a coastal city of Cyprus (Larnaca or Famagusta). Recap and conclusion of the course. Course evaluation, recommendations, outcomes and further steps – remote support through the Emphasys Key Action 1 platform. Award of certificates to the attendees. Arrangements and assistance for airport transportation.
- Visit a primary school in Nicosia
- Visit a gymnasium/high school in Nicosia
*The above dates can be flexible, whereas new ones can also be provided to accommodate the needs or availability of participants.